Today in History

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Today is Tuesday, September 16, the 260th day of 2008. There are 106 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

* 1744 - Prussia's King Frederick II takes Prague but, deserted by the French, he is driven back into Saxony.

* 1857 -The song Jingle Bells is copyrighted by Jane Pierpont of Boston.

* 1945 -Japan surrenders Hong Kong at end of World War II.

* 1953 -The Robe, the first movie filmed in the widescreen process CinemaScope, has its world premiere at the Roxy Theatre in New York.

* 1956 -TCN 9, Australia's first commercial TV station, opens in Sydney.

* 1963 -Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore form Federation of Malaysia.

* 1967 -UN Secretary-General U Thant calls on United States to halt bombing of North Vietnam.

* 1975 -Papua New Guinea gains full independence from Australia.

* 1977 -Death in Paris of Maria Callas, the American-born prima donna famed for her lyric soprano and fiery temperament. She was 53.

* 2000 -At the Sydney Olympics Ian Thorpe wins two gold medals and claims two world records - in the 400m freestyle and the 100m freestyle relay; Michael Klim sets a world record in his leg of the relay: Australia's first medal of the Games - a silver - won by triathlete Michellie Jones; Opening ceremony confirmed as Australian TV's most watched event, with 10. …